Few weeks ago, I got an invite to a photo shoot for Project Headshot Clinic, led by talented photographer, Niccolo Cosme.

While waiting for my turn, me and other participants for the said photo shoot gathered with a representative from Take The Test Philippines and discussed the state of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines.

Image source: health.com
Things you should know about HIV and AIDS:

HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a retrovirus that causes HIV infection and lowers the immune system of a person is infected with this virus. Meanwhile, AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is a condition characterized by a combination of signs and symptoms, caused by HIV contracted from another which attacks and weakens the immune system.

A lot of people still wondering how HIV is transmitted to a person. You can acquire it by having unprotected sexual intercourse with someone who is HIV positive, sharing syringes and needles from someone is HIV positive, mothers who are contracted with the virus to their unborn babies and through breastfeeding.

FYI:  Kissing someone, casual contacts (hugs, handshakes), eating/drinking/sharing house with an infected person cannot be transmitted with person with HIV. HIV doesn’t have vaccine and NO cure. 

Always remember the A-B-C-D-E of AIDS Prevention:
A – Abstinence
B – Be faithful
C – Careful Sex 
D – Don’t share needles/ sterilized needles
E – Education and Information
by Eccentric Yet Happy

By eccentricyethappy

Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance community manager/social media manager, chatbot builder, social media consultant, and web developer. She is managing her other blogs under lifestyle, food, music/concert, and Hallyu niche. Last August 2020, her first website project, Choose Khiphop is one of the news authority about Korean Hiphop. Five months later, she and her friends formed a podcast called +82 Khiphop Podcast. In 2018, she had her stint as The Itchyworms' social media manager which lead her to do music photography in her spare time. A year later, she had a short stint as road manager for the local band, Join The Club. Currently working as freelance community manager and a PR manager.